Monday, April 19, 2010

One Minute Prayers for a Nation in Distress

May 1, Lincoln Memorial, May Day Program

National Day of Prayer Under Attack
Let Us Pray.
Almighty God, thank you for Mrs. Shirley Dobson who keeps standing for Christ, after federal judge Barbara Crabb struck down a federal statute which Congress passed in 1952 recognizing the National Day of Prayer. Mrs. Dobson explains "Since the days of our Founding…,the government has protected and encouraged public prayer…This is a concerted effort by a small…number of people who have tried to prohibit all references to the Creator in the public square..." God, we pray you bring us back to You, from Psalm 33:12,”Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord..” in Jesus Name, Amen.

Victory! California Votes for Jesus Prayers, ACLU Threatens
Let Us Pray.
Almighty God, we thank you for the overwhelming victory to legalize public prayer in Jesus name, in the city of Lancaster, California, where 75% of voters approved a pro-Jesus prayer policy.  However, there are new threats by the ACLU to take the issue to court. Father, we pray that You would shut the mouths of your enemies, who taunt and threaten Your people, and we ask in Jesus Name, Amen.

 Nebraska Bill Would Ban Most Late-term Abortions Due to Fetal Pain
Let Us Pray.
Almighty God, we thank you for Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, who signed a historic law April 13 banning abortions of many pre-born babies beyond 20 weeks from conception, because evidence proves that by 20 weeks the baby experiences pain during the abortion, prior to his death. Thank God the new law directly confronts the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized child killing.  We pray for personhood bills in other states that ban abortion. From Psalm 139:16: God’s eyes saw our unformed bodies, and we are fearfully and wonderfully made, in Jesus Name, Amen.

 Republican S.C. Senate Rejects 'Life Beginning at Conception Act'
Let Us Pray.
Almighty God, we are grieved and outraged at many Republican South Carolina senators who voted against the personhood bill written by Christian pro-life Senator Lee Bright. Some allegedly pro-life Senators voted for abortion, tabling S.450, the Life Beginning at Conception Act, denying life to pre-born babies, including Senators Alexander, Campbell, Campsen, Cleary, Courson, Cromer, Knotts, Leatherman, Larry Martin, McConnell, O’Dell, and Peeler. Lord, we pray You would change the hearts of these men from Ezekiel 36:26 which says only you can change a heart of stone, to a heart of flesh. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Be encouraged. America stands with you.

Senior Officer Lt. Col. Terry Lakin Questions Obama Birth Eligibility
Let Us Pray.
Almighty God, we pray John 8:32, “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Now bless Lt. Col. Terry Lakin who is willing to face court martial, even prison, forfeiting his income and likely being forced out of the military because he questions President Obama’s legal citizenship, when the President has never published his long form birth certificate. Father, stop Obama’s military from humiliating Lakin by forcing him to submit to a mental evaluation. Give the Colonel favor, courage, peace, and victory. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Huckabee Likens Homosexual Marriage to Incest, Polygamy
Let Us Pray.
Almighty God, bless Governor Mike Huckabee who stands by convictions concerning homosexual “marriage,” as is evidenced by his recent speech saying that allowing homosexuals to marry is like legalizing incest, or polygamy, or even drug use. We pray God You protect Huckabee from those who disagree with him on these issues and grant him favor in what he does. From 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, we are reminded “… the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God…including the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, homosexual offenders, thieves, greedy, drunkards, slanderers.” In Jesus Name, Amen.

Ohio Christian Convert Fights to Stay in US
Let Us Pray.
Almighty God, again we pray for Ohio teenager Rifqa Bary who awaits a court hearing next month to determine whether she can stay in the United States or must be deported with her parents back to Sri Lanka, where she will likely be killed for converting from Islam to Christianity. Lord, we pray from Psalm 91:10 that no harm or disaster would come near her or near her dwelling. God move the courts to protect her life, and convert Rifqa’s parents who are Muslim, and bring them to salvation found only in Jesus Name, Amen.

Military Religious Freedom Foundation complains about Franklin Graham
Above adapted from the 'Pray in Jesus name' project. (Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt) The views of Chaplain Klingenschmitt, who was honorably but involuntarily discharged from the Navy in 2007 after facing court-martial for praying 'in Jesus name' in uniform, (but was later vindicated by Congress), are his own personal views, not the views of any political party, government, or organization.

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